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'Four Christians arrested on false charges of forced conversions in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradeh.

Jan 7, India News

Police in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) arrested and then released four Christians, Mr. Sonu Kumar, Mr. Rakesh Maurya, Mr. Satnam and Mr. Shribaghwan, on charges of forced conversions. They were detained in Kasimaba village of Ghazipur district in UP. Mr. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), denounced "the detention". He said, though the incident occurred a few days ago, it came to light only today......

Christians Hospitalized after Terrifying Christmas Attacks in.

Dec 31 Morningstar news

Christians in India who previously experienced little or no opposition reported that Hindu extremists stoned, slashed and terrorized them this Christmas season. At least 18 incidents against Christians were reported and verified during the Christmas season, according to the Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI). Of those incidents, 10 were reported from Uttar Pradesh state, three from Uttarakhand state, three from Tamil Nadu state and two from. ......

Hindu Extremists Threaten Children at Sunday School in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Dec 26, Christian Today

A mob of some 300 Hindu extremists on Nov. 11 barged into the school in Amathur village, Virudhunagar District, and demanded Pastor Selva Raj who was leading a worship service to vacate the building immediately. The mob destroyed a shed in front of the building and began threatening the Sunday school children in foul language, said Raj.
"They took away the Bible storybooks and some song and activity books from the children and tore them into pieces," he told Morning Star News....

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Christian Gathering Attacked Ahead of Christmas in Maharashtra state, 12 Injured.

Dec 26 Christian Today

15 to 20 people barged into the New Life Church in Kowad village and attacked about 40 people who were offering prayers on Sunday afternoon. The attackers were carrying knives, empty beer bottles, swords and iron rods. More than 10 people were injured in the attack. One of the victims named Tanaji Patil said that the attackers also vandalized vehicles in the village. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Nawab Malik said, "The cops are claiming the involvement of (Hindu) right wing."....

Christians in India Seek Police Protection during Christmas

Dec 25 Christian Today

Christians in India have sought police protection during Christmas amid fear of attacks by hard-line Hindu militants.
In a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Dec. 14, the ecumenical Christian group Persecution Relief requested deployment of police personnel at Christian churches and institutions across the country and backed it up with a list of violent attacks during past Christmas seasons.
"There is high tension, unrest and a sense of deep insecurity among....

Christian gathering attacked during Sunday prayers in Maharashtra

Dec 25 Matters India

The 40-strong congregation attending the Sunday service was attacked with swords, iron rods and the bottles at the New Life Fellowship Church in Kolhapur’s Kowad, around 474km from Mumbai and close to the Karnataka border.
Eight of the injured were admitted to two hospitals in Karnataka’s Belgaum, around 20km away from the attack site. Four are still admitted in the intensive care unit. Sachin Baghde, 20, had a clot removed from his brain on Monday ....

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300 Hindu radicals terrorize Christian children at Sunday school, threaten to beat them.

Dec 21 Christian Post

A pastor in India said a mob of 300 Hindu extremists terrorized Christian children and threatened to beat them for attending a Sunday school class he was leading. Pastor Selva Raj of Amathur village in India’s Tamil Nadu state told Morning Star News that the attack happened on Nov. 11. The mob of 300 or so radicals destroyed a shed near the worship building before descending upon children in a Sunday school class.
“They took away the Bible storybooks and some....

Statue of the Virgin desecrated in the state of Assam: two people arrested.

Dec 17 Asia News

Assam police have arrested two people suspected of having participated in acts of vandalism on the Catholic church of St. Thomas and the cave of Our Lady in the village of Chapatoli, near Dulianjan.

 

In another incident, a group of 16 "Christmas carolers" assaulted in Tamil Nadu by a crowd of 150 people.  The crowd did not want Christmas hymns to be performed...

Protestant clergyman arrested and then released in Bihar for screening film about Jesus

Dec 12 Asia News

A Protestant pastor, Rev Sojan, was arrested last Saturday in Bakhtiyarpur, a village in Patna District (Bihar), for screening Yeshu Masih (Jesus Christ), a film about the life of Jesus. The incident shows that tensions between Hindu radicals and Christians are far from ending. Villagers tried to stop the clergyman from showing the film and wanted him out of the village. the GCIC activist said. When he came back the next day he was accused of forced conversion, ....

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Indian Christians heave sighs of relief as Hindu nationalists lose elections in key states.

Dec 12, Worldwatch Monitor

Christians can heave sighs of relief as the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP has been thrown out of power in three key states in central India that have reported dozens of incidents of anti-Christian violence and harassment.
The BJP, which had enjoyed unstinted power in two of the states – Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh – for 15 years, winning three consecutive elections in both, was unseated when  .....

Mob of 150 Radicals Crackdown Church Service in Kanpur.

Dec 8, Christian Today

The attackers forced themselves into a private hall in the KDA Colony of Kanpur, disrupting Pr A. B. Singh's Sunday service and threatening the worshippers, persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported (ICC).
Singh's wife, Kalpana Singh, was manhandled and beaten by members of the mob when she tried to protect her husband. Also, other women in the church were attacked. ....

India Among 5 Nations Where Religious Freedom At Risk.

Dec 8, 2018. Christian Today

India has been listed among the five countries where religious freedom at risk, says an official report.
Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic NGO, has found incidents of religious persecution in 21 countries in two years to June 2018, including Niger, Myanmar, India and China.
Religious freedom is under threat in one of every five countries around the globe, said the report.

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Attack on Private Gathering in Northern India Typifies Hindu Extremist Strategy

Dec 7, Morningstar News

A Hindu extremist strategy for stopping the spread of Christianity by targeting pastors – and their families – was painfully evident in a recent attack on a Christmas planning meeting in northern India.
As has become routine in India, police arrested badly beaten Christians and charged them with causing religious enmity, sources said.
Pastors from 12 churches in Agra, Uttar Pradesh state and from 10 churches in nearby Mathura were meeting, along with their .....

Fr. Prakash: on human rights, India has touched 'terrible abysses' . The Jesuit retraces the four years of Narendra Modi's nationalist government

Dec 5, Asia News

"One does not have to be rocket scientist to be aware of the human rights violations that are taking place everywhere in the country today: The situation has been deteriorating since the past four years. In the 2018 Human Development Index, India has reached an all –time low of 130 out of 189 countries.". "Of course - he underlines - All this certainly does no credit to a country, in which the ruling kingpins, at the cost of the taxpayer..."

Christians stage peace rally in Varanasi against forced church closures

Dec 3 Asia News

Christian Churches in eastern Uttar Pradesh gathered on Saturday in Varanasi, the holy city of Hinduism, for a great "peace rally" because of Christian persecution,” said Rev David. This problem affects especially the District of Varanasi where right-wing Hindus have forced “hundreds of house churches to close,”.
Rev Nehemiah Christie, an activist with the Alliance Defending Freedom, an India-wide Christian network, noted that the rally “was successful.”
Christians “came out to speak up against. ...

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India: Christians’ names missing from electoral lists.

Nov 30, Worldwatch Monitor

Christian leaders suspect that the BJP was responsible for the elimination of the names of many Christians from electoral lists in Madhya Pradesh. Hundreds of Christians in India’s Madhya Pradesh state found their names missing from the lists of voters in elections for the State Assembly on 28 November, AsiaNews reports. One of them was the Bishop of Bhopal, Leo Cornelio, who told AsiaNews that after waiting at the ......

Hindu Extremist Mob Tries to Burn Pastor Alive in Odisha State. Attacked while driving with family in car.

Nov 26 Morningstar News

Pastor John Lakra was taking his 18-month-old baby to the hospital for emergency treatment in Odisha state, India when hundreds of Hindu extremists surrounded his car. The pastor, his wife and their three children were on the way to the hospital in Sundargarh at about 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 when the mob began hurling stones at them and hitting the windows with rods as they .....

Hard-Line Sikhs, Hindus Persecute Christians in Northern India Pastor thrown off motorbike, accused of illicit relationship.

Nov 19 Morningstar News

Villagers hostile toward Christians in northern India falsely accused a pastor of an illicit relationship with a woman and, in another village, burned a church building, sources said.
As people throughout the country on Nov. 7 prepared to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, neighbors alerted pastor Satpal Masih that his ...

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